Re: Campus ministry at 65, Sept., p. 10.
Thanks for the memories of Rev. Don Voigts. My family were members of Christ, Regina, when he arrived to be pastor. The congregation was holding services in the chapel of Regina Lutheran College. A church was being built around the corner. My family had moved within walking distance.
We were soon settled in the new building, and Pastor Voigts and his wife Winnie were soon involved in getting a teenage group of young people together. Luther League met Sunday nights in the church basement. I joined when I was 13 years old and left the group at 21 when I married.
Every Sunday night we started with devotions, sang peppy hymns, played funny games, ate wonderful lunches and closed with prayer. The Voigts always attended.
The Luther League grew over the years. We started joining country/town Luther Leagues and that turned into rallies that we opened to any Luther Leagues in Saskatchewan.
It wasn’t long before we were having trouble getting enough cars to drive teenagers to the rallies. So, in the spring we would send a bulletin to the congregation offering to clean yards, basements, dig gardens, etc. It worked like a charm and we soon had enough money to hire buses.
The buses were filled and as we rode to the small town, we sang the whole way to the destination. We’d practice making songs to sing at lunch tables such as “Here is table #1, #1, #1. Where are all the rest?”
Of course, Pastor Voigts always travelled with us. I have never forgotten that time in Luther League and both of the Voigts.
I had just turned 21 and had made plans to marry when Pastor Voigts was transferred to Edmonton. I was stunned. “No worries.” He delayed his transfer to marry Jack Crowe and June Hahn.—June Crowe, Regina